BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU took advantage of a dominant third-quarter effort to run past Southern Miss, 45-10, on Saturday night.
It was the second win in as many games for the Tigers under interim head coach Ed Orgeron.
In that third frame, Danny Etling threw a pair of long touchdown passes to D.J. Chark and Malachi Dupre, and Derrius Guice ran for a pair of touchdowns. Also, Jamal Adams stripped the ball early and recovered it to set up Guice’s second score.
Here’s what Coach O said after the win:
- Opening Statement: We played for 60 minutes. At half we made adjustments. Our biggest was to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. Southern Miss hit us in the mouth in the first half. I knew we’d have to go through some adversity at some point, but we addressed those issues at halftime. They played a tremendous second half. We made some mistakes and build on. We’re going to make improvements this week.
- On halftime: To respect your opponent. We knew Southern Miss was a good football team. As a coaching staff we knew they could hurt us. We just decided to play hard.
- Coach O: “We wanted to play a complete game. We were going to take what they give us on offense, and we did.”
- On the passing game: “Those guys want the ball. Danny wants to give them the ball. I don’t think we ran the ball as well as we’d like tonight. We let them run the ball in the first half. We have a long way to go on special teams.
- On O-Line: “I didn’t seem like we were moving the ball like we could. There were some pressures, some of the left guard. We’ll see how it works and re-evaluate tomorrow. Ole Miss has a tremendous D-Line.”
- On defensive changes: “Kevin Toliver broke a team rule so he was suspended for the first half.”
- On halftime speech: “It was good. It was no Vince Lombardi speech; I just challenged them. Our guys responded very well. I challenged them to play for 60 minutes, to root for their teammates, make some plays on offense and stops on defense.”
- On coming out flat: “I worried about it today. I saw some things in our preparation. Some things our staff identified on Friday and Saturday to prepare us to start faster.”
- On offensive play count: “I think Pete Jenkins was chewing Steve Ensminger for scoring too fast. We need longer drives. We were ineffective running the ball. We want explosive plays. We want to be able to throw those long balls.”
- On QB play: “We’re going to be challenged coming up. Competition is going to get stiffer, if we can make tight throws, throws under duress. I think he’s made tremendous improvements.”
- On Fournette: “I’m not a doctor, but I think he’s going to play. We’ll see how the week goes. If he’s not ready, he’s not ready. The feeling is that he’ll be ready.
- On Ole Miss ahead: “Whatever happened there happened for a reason. I don’t have any memories of that place I want to remember. I’m glad to be an LSU Tiger.”
- On John Battle: “He played well, didn’t give up any big plays. When Rickey went down, we knew John was ready.”
- On the deep plays: “We want to take shots. We want to be explosive on offense. Let them put 8 in the box and create 1-on-1 with our WRs with play-action passes and take shots. Loosen up the defense and it worked. We took shots and we didn’t complete them (against Missouri). “
- On Malachi Dupre: “Those guys work hard. They’ve been waiting for this day.”
- On Ole Miss crowd: “This is why you come to LSU. I’m sure Tiger Stadium will be wild on Saturday night. It’s going to be a classic battle.”